THE BIG UGLY — Trump gears up for primary war

Posted by Kane on February 22, 2021 1:53 am

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Very interesting piece from Politico late yesterday.

 

SOURCE — POLITICO

 

There’s no longer a chief of staff to screen his calls, so an unspoken rule has governed Donald Trump’s calendar since he left Washington last month: To sit down with the former president, you must belong to his posh Palm Beach club or know how to contact him directly.

 

But even that won’t always do it. For weeks now, Trump has rejected meetings with everyone from former South Carolina governor and 2024 hopeful Nikki Haley to House and Senate GOP candidates vying for his ear — preferring to spend his days leisurely calling friends, binging cable news, golfing with a rotating cast of partners and basking in standing ovations whenever he arrives for dinner on Mar-a-Lago’s outdoor patio.

 

One person close to the ex-president said he’s become “unreachable” to anyone outside his limited circle of loyal aides, longtime friends and die-hard political allies.

 

That’s about to change.

 

According to three people familiar with the planning, Trump will soon begin vetting candidates at Mar-a-Lago who are eager to fulfill his promise to exact vengeance upon incumbent Republicans who’ve scorned him, and to ensure every open GOP seat in the 2022 midterms has a MAGA-approved contender vying for it.

 

Trump already has received dozens of requests from prospective candidates seeking to introduce themselves and nab his endorsement, and formal meetings with them could begin as early as March. Now that Trump has survived his second Senate impeachment trial, he has shifted his focus to post-presidential activism — a venture mostly bankrolled by his new leadership PAC, Save America, which had $31 million in its coffers at the start of this month.

 

Earlier this week, Trump met with his former campaign manager Brad Parscale to discuss online fundraising components to support his efforts and how he can utilize social media despite his ban from websites like Twitter. Trump also met with House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), and his eldest son Don Jr. earlier this week.

 

“We are in the process of putting together a more formal schedule for candidates who want to come get his endorsement,” said senior Trump adviser Jason Miller, noting that Trump’s meetings so far have been limited to golf friends, Mar-a-Lago members and “folks with the ability to contact him themselves.”

 

The planning for Trump’s coming revenge tour comes as other top Republicans try to cajole him into working with the party’s apparatus ahead of next year’s midterm elections, rather than recruiting rival candidates. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is expected to meet with Trump over the weekend to discuss his upcoming plans, including the former president’s desire to push for voter reforms at a time when the topic of election integrity has created a major split among elected Republicans.

 

Others in Trump’s orbit have encouraged him to wait and see if Republicans who’ve crossed him and are up for reelection next fall, such as Govs. Mike DeWine of Ohio and Brian Kemp of Georgia, attempt a peace offering before he launches a serious search for possible primary challengers.

 

“I’m more worried about 2022 than I’ve ever been. I don’t want to eat our own,” Graham told Fox News.

 

In the statement, Trump vowed to recruit insurgent candidates “who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America first” wherever he feels such challenges are necessary. The former president has already set his sights on ousting Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 House Republican, and Fred Upton of Michigan, if he forgoes retirement.

 

Both Cheney and Upton voted to impeach Trump.

 

Rep. Peter Meijer, a second Michigan congressman who voted for impeachment, already faces a primary challenger from an Afghanistan veteran and self-declared Trump supporter.

 

Trump still speaks weekly with his former chief of staff Mark Meadows and continues to seek counsel from a host of former aides and political confidants whose appetites for revenge and disdain for the political establishment mirror his own. Recently, Trump hosted former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, and ex-campaign advisers Corey Lewandowski and Dave Bossie for dinner, all of whom remain influential fixtures within the MAGA movement.

 

“If you’re Trump, you don’t gotta play nice with these people anymore. You don’t have to do the whole fake political thing where you pretend to like people you don’t actually like,” said a person close to the president, suggesting that Trump is unlikely to seek feedback from Republicans who disagree with his approach.

 

“A Republican Party that seeks to erase President Trump and fails to understand his appeal to working class voters is destined to lose elections in 2022, 2024 and beyond,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), chair of the conservative Republican Study Committee, tweeted on Wednesday.

 

So far, Trump’s backing has gone to two of his most loyal allies, Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward, who received a recorded endorsement for her re-election bid, and former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a candidate for Arkansas governor who was given a glowing stamp of approval via his Save America PAC.

 

In the meantime, Trump has appeared to enjoy transitioning into his post-presidency life. He has revelled in the news splash his rare statements have made, according to aides, but is otherwise spending his days like many of his wealthy Palm Beach peers: catching up on the news, making calls, taking leisurely meals and hitting the golf course with friends.

 

“He’s really doing what all the other guys his age with that kind of net worth do,” said one Florida Republican operative close to the Trump family. Trump was spotted on his golf course Wednesday with Kid Rock.

 

 

 

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Laura A Kliegman
Laura A Kliegman

Go President Trump, we love you! 👍🇺🇸

Eyes Open
Eyes Open

If you patriots don’t already know, look up the speech Secretary Pompeo gave to the National Governors Association 2020 Winter Meeting who were put on a list by China. He warned the nation’s governors to be wary of China and its efforts to infiltrate and lure local lawmakers and citizens for security and economic gains. I love the way he put them on notice.

Addy LaRue
Addy LaRue

If Trump brands you a RINO, buh bye.

Truthsayer
Truthsayer

I’m just waiting for my stimulus check. This time time I’m only spending half on guns and ammo, and the other half is going STRAIGHT to Trump, because, EFF YOU, fraud biden.

Red Blazer
Red Blazer

Still talking to Mark Meadows!?

Chucko
Chucko

Right, WTF….?

Not a RINO
Not a RINO

RINO’s are going to be unelected come 2022. AMF.

Doug Maenpaa
Doug Maenpaa

Absolutely, only DJT can make this happen.

Both the House and Senate under GOP control, sans RINOs.

And if there are any RINOs left , we need to nail them to the cross.

We can impeach Biden and that Kamilla.

Lloyd
Lloyd

Maybe McConnell bared his political soul too soon It was like he couldn’t wait to join the democrats and realign with the RINOS. Probably a bad move Trump supporters are tenacious and have the memory of an elephant. Still court cases out there to expose what happened to the election

Oracle
Oracle

America knows what happened….

Mr Right
Mr Right

The RINO traitor is unlike any poisonous snake. He is worse. He is in stealth mode most of the time. He is essentially a double agent, a chameleon who changes back and forth in order to keep and weld power according to those he truly represents. He is the antithesis of what our Constitution and founding fathers had intended as a true representative government. The RINO must not win.

fastrock
fastrock

Burn the GOP down.
It took 20 years to collapse the Whig party, it may take 6-10 years present day, but it has to be done. GOPe is flush with money from multi-corps, MIC, etc, so bleeding them financially is hopeless. Every 2 years the GOPe shears conservatives for our votes, then puts us to pasture for the next shearing season. The GOP don’t need us, and we don’t need them, I’m tired of being sheared for my vote then told to go away.
Bite the bullet now, not later. As painful as it will be to endure, let the Dems have super majorities. He!!, by de facto they already have super majorities w our complaisant RINOs.
When Mitch and his band of RINOs in both Houses lose their ability to be a deal makers, they will retire. 6-10 years to collapse the GOP. PDJT will not be allowed to win the 2024 primary, a 3rd party PDJT vote will speed up the GOP collapse. GOPe are going to run Nikki Haley in 2024, another reason to vote 3rd party. Vote all State elections, that is our farm system where our future conservative stars will come from.
Again, burn down the GOP!!!

john
john

May I make a suggestion? Others have mentioned this and I’m sure its the right way to go…..don’t spend any time or effort destroying the Republican Party. DO DONATE to MAGA candidates but not to the RNC. Now is our time. We have the votes and we have a candidate.

Doug Maenpaa
Doug Maenpaa

Yes, and we have the cash !
RINOs wont be able to raise any cash from the grassroots,and they’ll be afraid to ask, the timid bas-t-ards !

Laura
Laura

Exactly, John. 👍🇺🇸

Eyes Open
Eyes Open

Oh, and Nikki Haley…suck it.

john
john

I felt that Nikki was a sell out long ago. Not sure why.

Eyes Open
Eyes Open

Here’s a few reasons for you. Real name: Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley, endorsed by former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
In July 2015, as Governor of South Carolina Haley signed a bill to authorize removing the Confederate flag from the flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol, in response to the Dylan Roof mass shooting. Obviously an attempt to connect this atrocity to southern heritage, which her family had no part of.
In 2016, Haley received extensive press coverage for saying the phrase “bless your heart” in response to an attack by then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. Trump had attacked her on Twitter for her call for him to release his tax records.
Haley was critical of Trump during the election, and was a supporter of Florida senator and candidate Marco Rubio.
She more or less accused Trump of being pro-KKK, when stated on Trump in 2016:
“I will not stop until we fight a man that chooses not to disavow the KKK. That is not a part of our party. That’s not who we want as president. We will not allow that in our country!”
When Rubio dropped out of the election, she then supported candidate Ted Cruz.
When Trump became the Republican finalist, she said that she would vote for him, but was “not a fan.”

James Comey
James Comey

Lindsey Graham a backstabbing Rhino, slithering around MaraLago?

Oldnarc
Oldnarc

Graham like a chameleon kind of acts like street urchin snitch talking out of both sides his mouth as they say

'philip senkus'
'philip senkus'

He’s the gay uncle that everyone knows is a flamer and brings his hag to the party pretending to be his gal! We all know Linds..

Linda
Linda

President Trump needs to avoid his former Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows. Mark was one of the Palace Guard preventing Sidney Powell from helping him reverse the stolen election. (Ref. Patrick Byrne’s account of the palace intrigue, and why DJT lost the WH.) Mark was only interested in persuading Trump to concede, so he and the other backstabbers could move on to cushy jobs in DC they were promised, if they could persuade Trump to concede. Lindsey Graham is another RINO who should be kept away from Trump. Lindsey loves amnesty and is a backstabber. Just ask Dr. Peter Navarro, who was the president’s advisor on trade and jobs for Americans, not illegal immigrants, and techs from other countries. Further, Lindsey was devoted to Senator John McCain who was involved in the Russia Hoax that lasted three years and wasted millions of our taxpayers and caused years of grief for everyone. Someone needs to do a better job at filtering out who gets past the gates down there in Palm Beach.

Oldnarc
Oldnarc

Hope he doesn’t pull a punch Rinos pushed him to appoint Sessions,Barr and have Pence on ticket to save country anyone resembling those turds needs to banned from party they are Demorats on decaf anyway

F N A RANGER
F N A RANGER

The way liberals destroy something is JOIN IT and self destruction from the inside.

Ray
Ray

Bye Bye Mich McConnell

Oldnarc
Oldnarc

About time

torque
torque

Only well rounded, patriotic candidates need apply.

Sheryl
Sheryl

President Trump, if you see this post, I ask that you interview Kim Klacik, John James, both from MI, Candace Owens, she’s great and would be awesome in the Senate. There are several others, one is the man that ran in PA who is the war veteran that had the movie named for his actions in Paris. I can’t think of his name, but I know that you know him because you asked him to run. I hope that you will get this info. We miss you, love you and I’ve held out hope that you do have a plan and will be back in office soon. We can’t take much more of Big Bird Biden.

Jaftosupremis
Jaftosupremis

A bird has a brain…please don’t insult birds.

BJ54
BJ54

The only brain a muppet has is borrowed — perfect analogy for Mr. Biden.

Elgatonaranja
Elgatonaranja

Term limits and fiscal responsibility. Any candidate running aggressivly on those two issues will get support. Let the bacon wrapped shrimp DC insiders run against that platform.

Venango
Venango

Unless you live in a state or Congressional District targeted by MAGA you can do absolutely nothing… Except send the MAGA candidate money. So pay attention… And ya’ll start putting your money where your mouths are.

Patriot
Patriot

Trump, you are STILL my president. 🇺🇸

Please DUMP/LIMIT Meadows and any other prior cabinet officials….they denied access to essential people when you needed them most. He/they *may* mean well, but you need non government people helping you now.

Surround yourself with god loving patriots, not former elected officials!!! They will help you see a way forward!!!! You were never a career politician, don’t surround yourself with them.

Divorce yourself from the Republican Party!!

Patriot party or bust!!

Ralph C
Ralph C

Not or bust but surefire bust! No split party will win, that is just making sure the D wins.

Oldnarc
Oldnarc

Republicans need the Patriot party not the other way around change or join the libtards

JC Bates
JC Bates

President Trump (I almost wrote “Mr. Trump”, which would have been disrespectful to his win in November – my bad!!) has been known to endorse some big time losers who’ve begged for his support. They’ve since stabbed him in the back. No one can tell what’s in another person’s soul.

However, President Trump must be far more selective and careful handing out endorsements this time around.

He must listen to the locals who know the candidates, not listening to Jared and Ivanka (and others of that ilk) who have a track record of ill-advising him.

AND ENSURE EACH CANDIDATE HE ENDORSES CAN PASS – WITH FLYING COLORS, AT A MINIMUM – A HIGH SCHOOL CIVICS TEST!!!

KevinK
KevinK

The elephant in the room is dominion and the democrat-communist voting fraud machine and it’s a BIG elephant. Until that’s fixed, no opposition party is going anywhere

Lee WMD
Lee WMD

and Every ballot needs a watermark and Thumb print… Let’s see em try to counterfeit those.

OH Deplorable
OH Deplorable

It’s not just the Democrats, the RINOs were just as big a part of the fraud as the Dems were. President Trump was upsetting their UNIPARTY applecart.

Bill
Bill

Trump needs to make Candy Graham his chum while they’re down in Florida together. Take him out on a charter boat jab a big hook in his neck throw him overboard and drag him a few miles through shark infested waters. Yep. That kinda chum. Trump could’ve been my President for the rest of my natural born days and I wouldn’t have minded but he played ‘nice’ ball with these DC rat bastards like Lindsey and they stuck the bat up his azz.

Lee WMD
Lee WMD

Lindsey would likely be more receptive to advances in Key West… He’s got a Closet full of Fruity Skeletons and has been comprised for decades.

BB
BB

The more that Republican officials dump on Trump, and by extension his 75 million Voters, the more I think that they have a vested interest in Dominion voting machines also and will do nothing to stop vote fraud because it can help them too. They act like nothing can touch them, sitting pretty even. I hope it blows up in their faces; yet, they know that if we don’t want Marxist USA, then we have to vote for them… even though it’s a pretty damn sorry opposition: Democrat Party takes us 3 steps to the Left; the Republican only plans to take us .05 steps back to free will and individual productivity. The Republicans always hand Power back to the DNC with an accumulating 2.5 step advantage heading Left.

Grim Reaper
Grim Reaper

Still talks to meadows? The RINO who limited access to Trump by those who wanted to contest the election?

I think Trump is very loyal, but the world is full of those who tried to screw him and got away with it. He needs to cut and go with his own agenda.

johnny99
johnny99

Dump Meadows, Donald — he’s a RINO just like Reince.

BB
BB

Reince…. omg I haven’t thought of him in years. I forgot that he existed. Most of them are eminently forgettable.

2smartforlibs
2smartforlibs

If I were a RINO I would be heading to K street while I was still of use to them.

juergensen
juergensen

“I’m more worried about 2022 than I’ve ever been. I don’t want to eat our own.” – Lindsey Graham

Lindsey didn’t have a problem with the party eating Trump.

johnny99
johnny99

Lindsay’s also a self-serving traitor who’s mad horrible statements about Trump

Reportanddeport
Reportanddeport

There’s NOTHING WRONG with hunting RINOs, they are a useless, pest species. Just get rid of them.

Almostnuts
Almostnuts

Still talking up the vote? We’re at war. There’s no honest voting going to take place. The Chinese own everybody and everything. Voting. It’s an illusion.

Peabody
Peabody

100% chance they win if we don’t vote. Let’s fix it instead of talking ourselves out of voting.

Stu
Stu

I’m so sick and tired of this “don’t eat your own BS!” RINOs ate Donald Trump for four years. Then a majority of elected Republicans refused to stand up for him (or us) when the election was stolen. Even Ted Cruz changed colors and blamed Trump for the Capital breach on his podcast.

It’s time for a hungry Donald Trump to start eating.

Reportanddeport
Reportanddeport

No, Trump has an obligation to prove to average Americans, that the election was stolen. And it may very well have been stolen, but none of us have seen any proof of it. If Trump makes the claim that the election was stolen, and he PROVES it, he then becomes STRONGER. But if he makes that claim and does NOT prove it, then he becomes WEAKER.

nazar
nazar

You have obviously refused to look at the evidence. Your just a Troll on the wrong site. Go back to spreading your liberal BS somewhere else ! OUR President TRUMP has NOTHING to prove to the likes of YOU !

Mr. Ed's Ghost
Mr. Ed's Ghost

Apparently stupidity know’s no bounds.

Ralph C
Ralph C

So you only watch/read MSM news and are so brain washed stupid to believe them and look nowhere else. Not ALL things claimed as PROOF are real proof BUT there are many that can’t be dismissed and need a full audit to prove what did happen. Note the simple fact that there is a huge amount of resistance to having any REAL full audit and the real possibility that much of the needed audit material has been destroyed, some in spite of court decisions. A real honest winner will welcome a full audit when they know they did nothing wrong as that clears the air of suspicions.

Warrior of the Light
Warrior of the Light

There is plenty of evidence that has been documented.

micho
micho

Let’s all sign up for “TRUMPS CRUSADERS”,,If you really thing about it, it is in fact our last chance in getting back what is the norm of running a country like a business. First item is to vet and identify these so call republican and back stabbing SOB’s. We must make it clear that we are at war and let it also be known that we will take back what is the sincere path for this country..

Ed
Ed

Mr President,

Trust no one but those true to you and this great country. We know who they are. We must vote these career bottom feeders out of office.

Whippsee
Whippsee

Most Americans are sick to death of scum like Pelosi and Romney , Schiff and Cheney , Nadler , Feinstein , Schumer , Collins and Murkowski . Most Americans want a total change in Washington . And most Americans thought that really you could not get that change . But like him or not – Trump is offering that change !
He’s bombastic : frequently unpleasant : but he was a damn good President !
So for all those Americans who wanted Washington to be hosed down and fumigated …… Go with Trump .

Sheryl
Sheryl

I agree with your statement. We need to get those lifers out. They have proven over and over that they can’t be trusted with Integrity, Honor or Character. If you have none of those qualities, then you don’t belong in :Public Office. I have several Candidates that I think that President Trump should interview. Kim Klacik, John James, both from MI, Candace Owen and a few others, but I can’t think of their names right now. I hope that someone can get this info to President Trump. Thanks

thinker prime
thinker prime

The RINOs have to go. There is no utility in having a Republican party dominated by or even significantly influenced by anti-America First RINOs whose only ambition is to grow wealthy while pretending to resist relentless Democrat expansion of the state. We need a party filled with people dedicated to deregulation, lower taxes, trade treaty reform, border control, ending the endless wars, and having the middle and working classes and the rising people in the underclass who want freedom and opportunity, not selling out the country to China as the Democrats and RINO Uniparty are determined to do. Trump did an incredible job – best President of my long lifetime – but he needs a party behind him. And people like Nikki Haley or the Turtle or Liz Cheney or Upton or Meijer who were quick to knife him in the back and fall on their knees to the Democrats should be replaced by people who are nationalists who put America first. As part of it the electoral system needs to be changed to stop the election fraud. I hope Trump runs in 2024 but if he does not I want to see someone like DeSantis who gets it. Ideally would be a Trump-DeSantis ticket to then be followed by two DeSantis terms. That would give us the time to complete the MAGA project.

Superbus
Superbus

Step 1- Arrest and prosecute those who committed treason (immediately after taking the oath Jan. 2017). Step 2- Purge the RINOs who resisted Step 1 prior to mid term election 2018. Step 3 – Enjoy a second term. The sad truth is it was really that simple. Obviously not easy, but for a President to be considered great he must accomplish the simple things that make all the difference. Here we are, so much winning! He’s no better than another 1 termer – pappy Bush.

Ralph C
Ralph C

Ask troll master to enroll you in after school special education to see if you can become at least slightly coherent and know about timelines.

Brooklyn Baby
Brooklyn Baby

It’s real simple, The Turtle has to be voted out of leadership in the Senate and Ronna Romney out of the party leadership, or we leave for another party. But, we may leave anyway. The GOP is going nowhere under the current “leadership”. We have 11 Democrats in the House posing as Republicans and 7 Senators doing the same.

Butcher
Butcher

Yippee ki yay

President Trump won 2020 Biden is a fraud
President Trump won 2020 Biden is a fraud

No reason to wait for any RINO to have a change of heart. WE have to get rid of all the RINOs from the GOP and President Trump will grow our tent from all the hard working American citizens that are sick of dementia Joe and the American jobs killing loons on the left that support the terrorist BLM and ANTIFA sanctuary cities, and the fraud election of 2020. So Nikki, Mitt, Cheney and the rest of your ilk……good riddance!!!!! WE don’t want you in our GOP any more, any where, any how!!!!! Oh and Lindsay, working both sides will also get you kicked out too!!!! STAND with TRUMP GOP or get out, or we kick you out…:)

wyoming cowboy
wyoming cowboy

lindsay you will get splinters. john thune too!

Molly Russell's Wart
Molly Russell's Wart

Please, please, please, get Murkowski first. She’s the very worst of them all.

RANGERDGD1
RANGERDGD1

She’s a fixture in Alaska,and it will be hard to get her out..Remember,she lost in the Republican primary years ago,and won the Senate seat as a write in candidate..

Warrior of the Light
Warrior of the Light

That was before she showed her true colors.

NO HE ISNT
NO HE ISNT

With the virus fading, Trump Rallies for MAGA candidates will be coming to the RINOs back yards. I can’t wait for the fun to begin!

Kitty Lenoir
Kitty Lenoir

Now PDJT can play hardball….do it Mr. President.